Postumus (AD 259 - AD 268)

Postumus was an incredibly skilled general and administrator. Rebelling against Gallienus in AD 259, he succeeded in uniting Gaul, Spain and Britain into what was essentially an empire within an empire. Enjoying tremendous military success against the Germans, he kept his Gallic Empire secure and prosperous, ruling over Britain, Spain and Gaul firmly and wisely for almost a decade. In 268 A.D. he quickly destroyed the forces of the usurper Laelianus, but his refusal to allow his forces to sack Mediolanum (Milan) led to his assassination by disgruntled troops.

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Postumus 'Victory' Antoninianus 017906

Postumus 'Victory' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.60 grams, 23.54 mm. Cologne. 259-268 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm. Elmer 132; Addington hoard 71; RIC V-II 90 var (bust type, mint); Sear 10996. RIC lists this coin under Lyons but the bust type of this example has definite characteristics of the Cologne mint. Good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£40.00

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Postumus 'Victory' Antoninianus 017906
Postumus 'Pax' Antoninianus 017961

Postumus 'Pax' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.19 grams, 24.02 mm. Lyons. 259-268 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PAX AVG, Pax running left, holding olive branch and sceptre. RIC V-II Lyons 78; Cohen 221; Sear 10966. Near extremely fine/very fine.
£35.00

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Postumus 'Pax' Antoninianus 017961
Postumus 'Providentia' Antoninianus 020729

Postumus 'Providentia' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.54 grams, 20.91 mm. Lyons. 259-268 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providentia standing left, holding globe and transverse sceptre. RIC V-II Lyons 80; RSC 295; Sear 10879. Extremely fine/fine.

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Postumus 'Providentia' Antoninianus 020729
Postumus 'Moneta' Antoninianus 020717

Postumus 'Moneta' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.38 grams, 22.52 mm. Cologne mint. 259-268 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae. RIC V-II Cologne 315; Sear 10962. Near extremely fine, flan crack at 6 o'clock.
£28.00

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Postumus 'Moneta' Antoninianus 020717
Postumus 'Fides' Antoninianus 020714

Scarce Postumus 'Fides' Antoninianus
Silver, 4.00 grams, 22.63 mm. Milan. 259-268 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, holding two standards. RIC V-II Milan 380; cf Sear 10940 (mint). The bust engraving style of this coin marks it as one from the Milan mint. Very fine and better. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£32.00

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Postumus 'Fides' Antoninianus 020714
Postumus 'Moneta' Antoninianus 017938

Postumus 'Moneta' Antoninianus
Silver, 4.02 grams, 22.70 mm. Cologne mint. 259-268 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae. RIC V-II Cologne 315; Sear 10962. Extremely fine/very fine and better.
£25.00

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Postumus 'Moneta' Antoninianus 017938
Postumus 'Emperor with Globe' Antoninianus 017893

Postumus 'Emperor with Globe' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.97 grams, 24.57 mm. Lyons. 260 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PM TRP COS II PP, emperor in military dress, standing left, holding globe and vertical spear, point upwards. RIC V-II Lyons 54; cf Sear 10971. Good very fine.
£28.00

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Postumus 'Emperor with Globe' Antoninianus 017893
Postumus 'Emperor with Globe' Antoninianus 017878

Postumus 'Emperor with Globe' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.76 grams, 23.13 mm. Lyons. 260 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: PM TRP COS II PP, emperor in military dress, standing left, holding globe and vertical spear, point upwards. RIC V-II Lyons 54; cf Sear 10971. Good very fine.
£24.00

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Postumus 'Emperor with Globe' Antoninianus 017878
Postumus 'Fides' Antoninianus 017850

Postumus 'Fides' Antoninianus
Silver, 2.69 grams, 20.76 mm. Lyons. 259-268 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, holding two standards. RIC V-II Lyons 59; RSC 67, Sear 10940. Good very fine.
£28.00

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Postumus 'Fides' Antoninianus 017850
Postumus 'Mars' Antoninianus 017965

Postumus 'Mars' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.04 grams, 22.44 mm. Lyons. Dated 262 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: P M TR P IIII COS III P P, Mars walking right, holding trophy and transverse spear. RIC V-II Lyons 57; RSC 273a; Sear5 10974. Very fine-good very fine.
£25.00

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Postumus 'Mars' Antoninianus 017965
Postumus 'Hercules' Antoninianus 017867

Postumus 'Hercules' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.42 grams, 21.85 mm. Lyons. 259-268 AD. Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, radiate and draped bust right. Reverse: HERC DEVSONIENSI, Hercules standing right, resting right hand on club, holding lion's skin and bow in left hand. RIC V-II Lyons 64; Sear 10944. Near extremely fine.

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Postumus 'Hercules' Antoninianus 017867


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